The world’s largest turbines are manufactured by the Northern German companies Enercon and REpower. The Enercon E-126 delivers up to 6 MW, has an overall height of 198 m (650 ft) and a diameter of 126 meters (413 ft). The Repower 5M delivers up to 5 MW, has an overall height of 183 m (600 ft) and has a diameter of 126 m (413 ft).
The turbine closest to the North Pole is a Nordex N-80 in Havøygavlen near Hammerfest, Norway. The turbines currently operating closest to the South Pole are two Enercon E-30 in Antarctica, used to power the Australian Research Division’s Mawson Station, although a modified HR3 turbine from Northern Power Systems operated at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1997 and 1998.
Matilda was a wind turbine located on Gotland, Sweden. It produced a total of 61.4 GW·h in the 15 years it was active. That is more renewable energy than any other single wind power turbine had ever produced to that date. It was demolished on June 6, 2008.
The world’s highest wind turbine made by DeWind is located in the Andes, Argentina around 4,100 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. The site uses a type D8.2 – 2000 kW / 50 Hz turbine. This turbine has a new drive train concept with a special torque converter (WinDrive) made by Voith and a synchronous generator. The WKA was put into operation in December 2007 and has supplied the local gold mine with electricity since then.
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